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TONY DEGUIDE

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Tony DeGuide grew up in large, Italian & Polish American family in suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.  His father was police officer and mother was a homemaker. All his life he was an athlete and an artist who tried out for every sport and also loved singing, acting and being the “class clown". One time, when Tony was in third grade, he put red food coloring all over his face and his white t-shirt that he ripped in various spots, then ran into the house with his hands up in the air pretending he was crying, yelling "Mom"! His mother who was in the kitchen started running towards him, screaming "Oh my God! What happened”? Tony realizing his acting was too believable got scared and yelled "I'm just kidding Mom!” Needless to say, Tony got grounded for a few weeks; so much for one of his early performances!

 

After Tony’s graduation from high school he was discovered by an agent at the health club he was working at. He started as a fitness model, then auditioned for a national commercial for Bally's Total fitness and was booked.  The rest is history as they say in Hollywood! Per his agent’s advice he started taking acting classes. He auditioned for Second City Training Center in Chicago and was accepted into the training program where one of his classmates was Rachel Dratch (who later became a cast member of SNL). Tony began taking classes at the groundbreaking Improv Olympic under the helm of the legendary Del Close and Charna Halpern. 

 

Tony packed his bags and went to LA where he studied with Dov Sims from the Hollywood Film Institute. Tony started doing stand-up comedy, various commercials, television spots, and movies including a scene in "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray.  He worked alongside many stars including Robert DeNiro, Jim Belushi, Maureen O'Hara, Jessica Lange and under the lens of such directors as Brian Depalma, John Hughes, Martin Breast, Harold Ramis and Walter Hill.  Those directors and other self made filmmakers such as Quentin Tarrantino, Spike Lee, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sylvester Stallone are his inspiration as a complete filmmaker.   One of his acting teachers once told him "Tony, you can’t do it all” to which Tony replied "Why not? Life is too short not to try!" 


He began teaching acting and one of his former students, Mathew St. Patrick got cast as a star on “Six Feet Under” and went on to win an ensemble Emmy. It has been said "Those who can, do and those who can’t, teach! Tony disagrees and can be quoted saying "To be an actor, you either have to take acting classes the rest of your life or teach acting classes the rest of your life or both to stay sharp!" He chose to teach but continues to take classes at various colleges and ongoing seminars.  

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